State Rep. Andrea Schroeder, of Independence Township, today voted in favor of a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prevent individuals under the age of 18 from possessing vaping products in Michigan.
After hosting a roundtable discussion with local officials in Rep. Schroeder’s district, she is fully aware of the hardships Michigan’s parents, school administrators, and law enforcement are facing with this increase in teenage use of e-cigarettes. Both Waterford Township and Independence Township have had to go so far as preemptively enacting ordinances banning vaping by minors.
“This is a growing problem, not just in Oakland County but in communities all across our state,” Schroeder said. “We must take action to get these harmful devices out of the hands of children now and prevent a health crisis in the future.”
Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and flavoring without burning tobacco. The devices are small and often look harmless – including a version that looks just like a computer flash drive – making them appealing to teens and difficult to detect in schools. In a recent study, one in five Michigan high school students reported having used an e-cigarette during the previous 30 days.
“Our kids seem to be getting the wrong message. They think vaping is safe and cool,” Schroeder said. “In reality, it poses serious health risks.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaping nicotine can harm adolescent brain development and lead to addiction. Many vaping products also contain diacetyl, which is commonly associated with “popcorn lung” – a condition that damages airways.
Senate Bills 106 and 155 received overwhelming support in the House and now head to the governor for consideration.